Restoring My Life - Beverly Hills, CA

In 2007 I embarked on a journey to regain my life....

In 2007 I embarked on a journey to regain my life. At 56 I couldn’t walk without using a cane due to arthritis in my hip and my weight had hit an all-time high of 260 pounds since I couldn’t exercise any longer. The extreme plan I had devised to regain my life, which I wasn’t entirely convinced would work, was to have weight loss surgery followed by a total hip replacement. Six months after having RNY surgery and a 100 pound loss I had a total hip replacement and began living a pain-free life again.

During the summer 2008 I was thin and I felt wonderful until I looked into the mirror. I hated the saggy skin left behind, and actually had “chubby envy” of people whose fat helped to fill out their skin. The hanging skin all over my body made me feel like I was 90 years old, so I attended one of Dr. Katzen’s lectures.

My decision to have weight loss and hip surgery was for my health. But there is also the aesthetic element of the weight loss journey. Today when I look in the mirror, I am pleased to see my reflection. I think I look better today than I did when I was 20 years old. Enjoying my body (rather than loathing it) helps me maintain my weight. I’m forever grateful to Dr. Katzen for helping me feel beautiful and youthful.

2012 I am now getting to retire by the ocean with plans to bike ride, fly kites, and boogie board. Thanks to Dr. Katzin I am looking forward to enjoying the next 30 years in my beach body!

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Hi Kathie, welcome and thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. Congratulations on your weight loss, that's a huge achievement! You must feel awesome now you've got the body you worked so hard for! How was your recovery period, following the surgery?

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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

The first time I heard Dr. Katzen speak I knew he was the person I wanted to complete my journey. His slide presentation was amazing and his former patients praised Dr. Katzen’s work and compassionate bedside manner. In the fall 2008 Dr. Katzen performed brachioplasty (arms), breast lift with augmentation, and lower face lift and four months later I had a lower body lift. Dr. Katzen helped me to feel young again! Not only is Dr. Katzen an amazing surgeon and artist but his compassion is extraordinary. From the very first time I met with him, he never made me feel embarrassed or ashamed of the damage I had done to my own body.

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